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Tuesday January 23

06:56
Apple's $7M in government lobbying dollars...




Apple's lobbying money grew dramatically to $7 million in 2017 -- but the biggest spender was Google, coming in at more than $18 million spent on lobbying efforts.

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06:53
Tech giants spent record $50 million lobbying the US...

The dramatic shift in American politics during 2017 created many headaches for the tech industry -- and you'd better believe they spent plenty of money trying to cure those headaches. Recode has combed through House and Senate records to learn that...

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06:26
Twitter COO Anthony Noto resigns to lead a finance...

If there was one person at Twitter who was more important than co-founder and CEO Jack Dorsey, it was COO Anthony Noto. Now, in what could be big news for the social network, Noto has announced that the rumors are true and he is leaving the company t...

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06:13
Man causes explosion in Chinese electronics store by...




A man in an electronics store in China caused a replacement battery for his iPhone to explode by biting the component, according to a report, with footage from the incident quickly becoming a viral hit in the country within days of being uploaded to a video sharing service.

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06:12
Netflix's 'Mudbound' receives four...

The Oscar nominations for the 90th Academy Awards were announced this morning, and Netflix came away with a good showing for its film Mudbound. Mary J. Blige was nominated for Best Supporting Actress . Additionally the film received a nod in the Best...

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06:10
News: Apple announces HomePod arriving Feb. 9, pre-...

Apple has announced a release date for its HomePod speaker system, with the new device scheduled to arrive in stores on Feb. 9, and pre-orders opening this Friday in the U.S., U.K., and Australia. Originally announced last June at Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference for a late 2017 release, Apple later acknowledged that the new speaker system would be delayed saying the company “need[ed] a little more time before it’s ready for our…

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06:02
Apple HomePod smart speaker preorders begin Friday,...




Apple's long-awaited HomePod arrives in stores beginning Friday, February 9 and is available to order online this Friday, January 26 in the US, UK and Australia.

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06:00
What I wish the iPad would gain from the Mac

Ryan Christoffel, MacStories:

If you want an iPad to supplement your iPhone and Mac, you can still get one in the $329 “just call me iPad” model introduced last spring. But the bulk of Apple’s iPad efforts of late have centered on making the device a capable replacement for the traditional computer. The iPad Pro and iOS 11 represent a new vision for the iPad. This vision puts the iPad not next to the Mac, but instead squarely in its place. It’s a vision embodied by the question, “What’s a computer?”

If the tagline “What’s a computer?” doesn’t ring a bell, take a moment to watch it.

Two key moments:

  • At about 30 seconds in, our hero does a super-Pro-move to fold up the keyboard. I’ve not yet found someone who can duplicate that move, at least not nearly as smoothly. Wonder how many takes that took.

  • At 55 seconds in, there’s the real payoff...

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06:00
Adobe's AI-powered Photoshop update is a time-...

Adobe has unveiled Photoshop 19.1 with a much-anticipated AI-based feature for photo retouchers and a fix for longstanding Windows display issues. The first feature is called "select subject," and uses Adobe's Sensei deep-learning algorithms to make...

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06:00
Snapchat Stories are coming to the web

Snap calls itself a camera company, and today it's taking a big step towards the proliferation of content beyond the confines of Snapchat. As rumored, the company will allow iOS and Android users to share select stories outside of the app (the same w...

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05:43
Apple's HomePod smart speaker will ship...

Apple's own vision for the future of home audio, the HomePod smart speaker, will begin shipping on February 9th. Pre-orders for the device open this Friday, January 26th, and are open to users in the US, UK and Australia, while those in France and Ge...

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05:40
How to set up Medical ID and customize SOS on iPhone...

Did you know you can specify medical info to appear on your iPhone lock screen? This could be lifesaving for many people.

Important features to be aware of, well laid out by Michael Potuck, writing for 9to5Mac.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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05:38
Hawaii governor couldn't log in to Twitter...

For most of us, forgetting a password means spending five minutes messing around with authentication emails and reset links. It's annoying, but it's not the end of the world. It was a different story for Hawaii governor David Ige earlier this month,...

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05:35
Apple intros Apple Music for Artists

Billboard:

Today Apple launches Apple Music for Artists, a dashboard designed to provide acts with hundreds of data points giving deep analytical insight into their fans’ listening and buying habits.

And:

The easily navigable dashboard’s home page provides artists with their current number of plays, spins, song purchases and album purchases. The user can specify the time period ranging from the past 24 hours to the 2015 launch of Apple Music.

An Insights panel showcases key milestones via bullet points that highlight such information as all-time number of plays and purchases for specific songs or cumulatively.

And:

Apple Music for Artists debuts more than two years after Spotify, Pandora and YouTube bowed their own artist dashboards. While admittedly a late entry, Apple hopes to make up for its tardiness with the depth of information available, level of transparency and the ease of use provided by the clean user interface.

Good news...

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05:31
Trump's new solar tariffs could kill 23,000 US...

As expected, US President Donald Trump has imposed a 30 percent tariff on solar cells imported into the US, mainly from Asia, a move that could bring the booming residential solar industry to a screeching halt. The levies are less than those requeste...

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05:05
Rumor: Apple buying screens for 13" MacBook,...




Reports from the supply chain suggest that Apple has picked a supplier for 13-inch screens for a new MacBook -- which if accurate may mean that the MacBook Air's days are numbered.

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05:04
RED's Hydrogen One smartphone will ship this...

RED's much-hyped Hydrogen One smartphone is edging ever-closer to market, according to an update from its creators. In a thread on the camera company's reduser forums, the makers of the holographic-display phone have revealed pre-order will open "pro...

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04:59
A-series chip supplier TSMC working on making 5nm...

Taiwanese chipmaker TSMC is working hard on remaining Apple’s sole supplier for A-series chips as it works on ever smaller processes for its chip fabrication plants …

more…

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04:30
PencilSnap for the Apple Pencil is a handsome, if...

TwelveSouth’s $29.99 PencilSnap is an Apple Pencil holster with hidden magnets that keep the iPad Pro tool connected to your Apple Smart Cover, Apple Smart Keyboard, or Twelve South SurfacePad. Well, kinda.

It does attach to the cases and holds the tablet accessory in place — unless there’s a sudden jolt or quick movement. For example, if you stumble or move your iPad quickly, the PencilSnap will fall off. This is why I wouldn’t use it for this purpose anywhere other than my home office. Otherwise, I’d be afraid it would fall off and I’d lose it and my Apple Pencil.

I find using the PencilSnap — available in black or “camel” versions — more useful as a standalone protective sleeve to keep the Apple Pencil free from nicks and scratches. At 7.36 x .95 inches, it fits like a glove and its genuine leather design is handsome and elegant.

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04:14
Apple spent a record $7M last year lobbying the...

Apple spent $7M last year lobbying the Trump administration, the highest amount it has ever spent on its efforts to influence the White House. In all, tech giants spent a record $50M on lobbying in 2017.

The record spend isn’t too surprising when you consider the number of issues on which Apple found itself battling with the Trump presidency …

more…

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04:00
Garmin's latest activity band is built for...

To date, Garmin's golf tracking wearables have been aimed at experienced players, with the higher prices to match. Even the Approach X40 isn't a trivial purchase. But what if you're relatively new? Enter the Approach X10: the new model gives you data...

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04:00
How to use Memories in the Photos app in macOS High...

The Photos app in macOS High Sierra allows you to add a Memories feature, which is designed to help you “rediscover favorite and forgotten moments from deep in your photo library.” Memories automatically creates curated collections of your most meaningful photos and videos. 

To use it, open the Photos app and click Memories in the left sidebar. You'll see a summary of the Memory's contents, chosen from the best photos in your library. You can choose Show All to see every photo and video in the Memory. 

Scroll down to see the people included in the Memory, a map showing where the photos and videos were taken, and a list of related Memories for you to explore. At the bottom of your Memory, you can find options to add the Memory to your favorites or delete it.

(This how-to is based on my experiences and info on Apple's support pages — where the images sometimes come from.)

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03:30
Notable apps and app updates for Jan. 23, 2018

On a regular basis, Apple World Today posts a list of notable new apps or app updates that have been released. They may not necessarily be new, but they're popular and deserve mention. Here are today's picks.

iOS Apps/Updates

Lively Mind has debuted Baby Songs and Lullabies, a free collection of 18 lullabies specially designed to help babies and toddlers calm down and fall to sleep. Songs include "Baa Baa Black Sheep," "London Bridge is Falling Down," "Three Blind Mice," and many other classic songs, lullabies, and nursery rhymes for kids. Baby Songs and Lullabies allows parents to set a custom timer for when the music should stop playing.

Tekton Technologies has debuted Swift Miles - Mileage Tracker 1.0. It’s a business expense tracker for business users and...

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03:00
Rumor: Apple to discontinue first-gen iPhone X upon...

The first-gen iPhone X may not hang around once the second generation of the handset is out the door.

This is the word from KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, who has stated that Apple will discontinue the first-generation iPhone X when the second-generation model launches later this year, rather than bump the device down its smartphone lineup for lower than $999, in a research note released today.

Kuo said that Apple keeping the current iPhone X in its smartphone lineup for a reduced price, such as $899, would likely cannibalize sales of the mid-range 6.1-inch iPhone with Face ID and a LCD display that he expects to launch in the second half of 2018 for between $650 and $750 in the United States.

Kuo’s comments on the situation are as follows:

iPhone X would hurt product brand value & lineup of 2H18 new models if it continues to sell at a lower price after 2H18 new models launch: Lowering iPhone X’s price after the 2H18 new models launch would...

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03:00
The Morning After: Microsoft's next gambit on...

Hey, good morning!

Morning there! Ready to shop in Amazon's store of the future? How about grabbing a cheap Windows laptop for your kid's next semester?

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02:20
New 13-inch ‘entry-level’ MacBook rumored for launch...

A new, vague, report from Digitimes says that Apple is planning a new addition to the MacBook line for launch in the second half of the year. Described as a ’13-inch entry-level MacBook’, it sounds like a successor to the MacBook Air.

It’s fair to say that the MacBook Air line has been left to stagnate. Whilst this doesn’t sound like a new Air, it could wholly replace the Air lineup with something new.

more…

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02:02
Pornhub branches out into interactive sex toys

Before the sex robots take over, we still have time to get our rocks off with one another (and ourselves). And Pornhub is here to lend a hand, or an interactive sex toy, or three, to be precise. The largest pornography site on the net has been syncin...

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01:45
Murdoch's Sky takeover blocked by UK...

Rupert Murdoch has been blocked by the UK's competition watchdog from completing a full buyout of Sky. The media tycoon, which already owns 21st Century Fox and a range of newspapers including The Times, The Sunday Times and The Sun, launched a &poun...

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01:00
Acer's Spin 11 hybrid Chromebook supports...

You can add Acer's new Spin 11 to the list of Chromebooks to choose from if you're looking for one that can run Android apps. It's a laptop-tablet hybrid/convertible with flexible joints, so you can fold it if you want to use it as a tablet and have...

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00:29
Facebook 'Flicks' last slightly longer...

Facebook has just launched something new, and it's not a product you'll be able to buy or a feature we'll all be able to enjoy. It's a unit of time called "Flicks," which is 1/705600000 of a second. That's slightly longer than a nanosecond, but still...

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Monday January 22

21:21
Supply chain rumors again point to OLED and LCD...




A new report claims Apple is meting out display orders for its next-generation iPhone lineup, which is rumored to include two OLED versions -- 5.8 and 6.5 inches -- and a 6.1-inch LCD variant.

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18:19
Renders imagine future iPhone X w/ smaller notch...

Following a report last week indicating that the new iPhones introduced next year would feature several design improvements, iDropNews has published new renders imagining an iPhone XI with even smaller bezels, as well as a smaller notch…

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17:39
China-based company sues Apple for breach of contract

Another day, another lawsuit. China-based, material producer Hebei Hengbo Fine Ceramic Material is suing Apple for breach of contract and demands a jury trial for disagreement with the tech giant over terms of a contract for high purity alumina melt stock, a material used to produce sapphire glass, notes AppleInsider. Such glass is used in some Apple Watch screens, Touch ID fingerprint sensors, and protective covers for rear-facing cameras on iPhones.

Filed with the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, the lawsuit by Hebei Hengbo Fine Ceramic Material seeks to revoke a current Apple contract and collect damages from the tech giant for an undisclosed breach of contract. If the court determines such action is not possible, Hengbo wants the tech giant to adhere to the original...

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17:05
Apple CEO Tim Cook pops up in Canada to promote...




Following his European tour last week, Apple CEO Tim Cook on Monday showed up at an Apple store in Toronto to discuss the importance of coding in education, talk up the company's Swift programming language and visit a few local developers.

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16:48
Intel asks customers to halt patching for chip bug,...

Intel Corp said on Monday that patches it released to address two high-profile security vulnerabilities in its chips are faulty, advising customers, computer makers and cloud providers to stop installing them.

Wow Intel, that is awful.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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16:30
This Neato Four Way Adapto-Thing – Mac Geek Gab...

AppleCare doesn’t void every upgrade, and your geeks talk through some things you can do on your own … and how to make sure you understand where your warranty begins and ends. Questions from you listeners are always the bulk of this show, and they’re all over the map today which makes for a fun, varied show. But Cool Stuff Found is always a favorite, and this week we’ve got a ton for you!


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16:21
TidBITS Watchlist: Notable Software Updates for 22...

Notable software releases this week include GraphicConverter 10.5.4, Microsoft Office 2016 16.9, DEVONthink/DEVONnote 2.9.17, Mailplane 3.7.2, Fantastical 2.4.5, Ulysses 12.3, SoundSource 3.0.3, Piezo 1.5.6, 1Password 6.8.6, and Typinator 7.4.

 

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16:21
ExtraBITS for 22 January 2018

In ExtraBITS this week, Apple has been hit by a double dose of bad: a new form of DNS hijacking malware that targets the Mac and another crashing link bug for Messages in both macOS and iOS.

 

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16:14
Tim Cook makes surprise appearance at Toronto Apple...

Tim Cook today made his first ever visit to Canada since becoming Apple CEO. As reported by The Globe and Mail, Cook visited a downtown Toronto Apple Store to talk with shoppers and students…

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16:10
Apple's TestFlight increases cellular data...




Apple on Monday updated its TestFlight beta testing app with a few new features including the ability to download app versions up 150MB in size over cellular connections.

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15:38
Apple's sapphire curse strikes again as glass...




Years after a disastrous first foray into sapphire production, Apple's troubles with the super hard glass, or more precisely its manufacturers, continue, as the company on Monday was saddled with a lawsuit from material producer Hebei Hengbo Fine Ceramic Material claiming breach of contract.

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15:20
WeChat Takes the Platform Battle Straight to Apple...

The company launched WeChat mini apps, a catalog of more than 580,000 apps that run directly inside the WeChat messaging app, bypassing Apple’s App Store and Google Play entirely.


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15:08
How to set up Medical ID and customize SOS on iPhone...

iPhone and Apple Watch provide some awesome features when it comes to health and fitness, but they also include important ways to get help in case of an accident, injury, and more. Follow along for how to make sure your Medical ID is set up or up to date, along with how to customize the SOS settings on iPhone and Apple Watch.

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14:56
TestFlight update raises cellular download limit to...

Apple has today pushed an update to its TestFlight beta testing application. This brings the app version to 2.0.1 and includes a handful of new features.

more…

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14:44
Apple employees can earn special Apple Watch band in...




Apple in February will hold its annual fitness challenge for employees, and participants who complete the event with "gold" metrics will net themselves a specially designed Apple Watch band featuring an Activity Rings motif.

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14:43
Netflix expects Apple’s TV shows to be bundled with...

Netflix today announced its fourth quarter results for 2017, reporting $3.29 billion in revenue and 8.33 million additional subscribers. Hidden in the company’s announcement, however, is also acknowledgment that Apple may soon be a major competitor…

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14:28
011: New HomePod details, Apple’s top investigator...

Today we’ve got new details on Apple’s upcoming HomePod smart speaker, Apple’s Director of Worldwide Investigations leaving the company for Facebook, Apple supporting the Malala Fund, and DroneDJ’s scoop on the upcoming DJI Mavic Air.

9to5Mac Daily is available on iTunes and Apple’s Podcasts app, Stitcher, TuneInGoogle Play, or through our dedicated RSS feed for Overcast and other podcast players.

https://9to5mac.files.wordpress.com/2018/01/01-22-2018.mp3

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14:22
Apple Supports Malala Fund, Tim Cook Joins...

Apple announced Monday that it will support the Malala Fund as the girl’s education charity’s first Laureate partner.


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14:16
On Rumors of the iPhone X Only Being Produced for...

Mike Wuerthele, writing for AppleInsider (headline: “If iPhone X Demand Is Less Than Expected, Analyst Expects It to Be ‘End of Life’ When Replacements Ship”):

In a research note seen by AppleInsider, KGI securities believes
that Apple will ship around 18 million of the iPhone X in the
first calendar quarter of 2018. Contrary to other predictions
based on the supply chain, KGI says that the iPhone X has not been
as impactful in China as predicted because of the notch holding
the sensors for the device, giving consumers the impression that
there is less usable space than on the iPhone 8 Plus.

KGI also expects a trio of iPhone models in the fall of 2018. He
predicts the iPhone X will be “end of life” in the summer of 2018,
instead of being retained as a lower-cost...

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13:18
Running Microsoft 'Xbox Watch' discovered...




An "Xbox Watch" prototype has been unearthed and brought back to life, showing what Microsoft had in mind for its first, true smart watch after a failed effort in the beginning of the century.

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13:16
External Link: Mysterious DNS Hijacking Malware...

A new piece of Mac malware is making its rounds. OSX/MaMi hijacks macOS’s DNS settings to intercept traffic by routing it through malicious servers. Additional capabilities, which didn’t seem to be active in the version that research Patrick Wardle analyzed, including taking screenshots, generating simulated mouse events, persisting as a launch item, downloading and uploading files, and executing commands. The motive, author, and how OSX/MaMi is spread are currently unknown, and when the Hacker News article was published, antivirus apps weren’t able to detect it. To see if you’re infected, check your DNS settings in System Preferences > Network, and look for the DNS servers 82.163.143.135 and 82.163.142.137.

 

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13:13
Apple creates activity rings-themed watch band for...

Apple Watch fitness lab

Apple is kicking off its second-ever internal activity challenge company wide next month, and this year the competition includes a new prize. Employees who finish the challenge with gold will earn a special nylon Apple Watch band themed after the activity rings that isn’t sold in stores.

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12:55
Apple Rolls Out Apple Music Analytics Tool for...

Billboard reports that the tool will launch in the spring.


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12:44
Tom Brady Features in New Apple Beats by Dre...

Apple picked quarterback Tom Brady to promote Beats by Dre headphones. A new spot for the brand features a grim and gritty locker room shot of the Deflategate quarterback wearing a pair of Beats by Dre. In a voiceover, Mr. Brady says: “Doubt me. Distract me. Give me noise. ‘Cause all I hear is, ‘It’s payback time.'” A tagline of “Above the noise” then appears, followed by the Beats logo. The spot was posted to YouTube this weekend, and already has more than 2.2 million views.


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12:38
Feature Request: How Activity Sharing for Apple...

Apple Watch Activity Sharing is a great way to share your fitness progress with friends and stay motivated. The feature lets you easily share completed workouts, achievements, and more with your Apple Watch friends.

Activity Sharing has its limitations, however, and I’m hoping watchOS 5 and iOS 12 can address them with a few changes.

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12:21
Apple World Today News Update: January 22, 2018

It's time to Ragna Rock 'n Roll!

Beat the Monday blues with a few upbeat stories on today's Apple World Today News Update podcast!

  • The new Apple Park campus is so large that the company is making 1,000 bicycles available for employees to get from place to place
  • Drone manufacturer DJI has the same problems Apple does in terms of having new products leaked
  • A developer beta of iOS 11.2.5 shows that HomePod owners will be able to disable Siri when desired
  • A glitch with Movies Anywhere made it possible for some iTunes users to get the movie "Thor:Ragnarok" one month before it's due to be released

The text version of the podcast can be read below. To listen to the podcast here, click the play button on the player below. Apple News readers need to visit Apple World Today in order to listen to the podcast.

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12:14
Apple Channels Muhammad Ali for ‘Selfies on iPhone X...

Apple has a new spot out called Selfies on iPhone X. The commercial features a series selfies with a soundtrack of the late Muhammad Ali declaring that he is the greatest. He was so great, in fact, his one fault was in recognizing just how great he was. Watch the commercial (with sound on), and he’ll tell you all about it.


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12:08
iPhone X Will Be Discontinued, but not Because It’s...

There’s a report out saying the iPhone X has been a disappointment for Apple and is being discontinued this summer. Here’s why that report is off base.


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12:05
'Apple Music for Artists' dashboard beta...




Apple is giving musicians a way to examine the listening habits of their fans, debuting 'Apple Music for Artists' in beta as a dashboard offering data to bands and artists about the performance of their tracks on the streaming service as well as sales through iTunes.

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11:44
TMO Background Mode Interview with WUOT Morning...

Victor Agreda is a freelance voice actor, WUOT (Knoxville) Radio Morning Edition Host, and former Editor-in-Chief of The Unofficial Apple Weblog, affectionately known as “TUAW.” Early on, as a student at the University of Tennessee, he had an equal interest in English and electrical & computer engineering. By and by, he discovered that writing and journalism were what he was really good at. And yet, thanks to his engineering background, his first job out of college was as a Webmaster. We chatted about how he’s done stand-up comedy, founded Superpixels Studios, does voiced acting, does puppeteering, became the E-i-C of TUAW, worked with Angry Dad Gamer on YouTube, and finally, how he landed the job as a NPR Morning Edition host. Victor is a fascinating, delightful fellow to listen to.


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11:42
Apple launches Apple Music for Artists

Apple has rolled out Apple Music for Artists, a dashboard designed to provide acts with hundreds of data points that provide analytical insight into their fans’ listening and buying habits, reports Billboard.

The article says the initial beta rollout involves a few thousand artists who will test the product and see what adjustments and expansions, if any, should be made. Beta testing is expected to end in the spring with “several million” artists using it with content on the iTunes and Apple Music platforms. Later plans call for a mobile app. 

The Apple Music for Artists’ navigable dashboard’s home page provides artists with their current number of plays, spins, song purchases and album purchases. The user can specify the time period ranging from the past 24 hours to the 2015 launch of Apple Music. An...

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11:20
Screenshots show HomePod customization in Apple...




Early testers of Apple's upcoming HomePod have shared screenshots of customizable settings for the speaker, which will be configured through the iOS Home app. Users will be able to disable features such as "Hey Siri," and the lighted display on top of the unit.

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11:15
Rescue drone saves two boys from drowning on its...

What a great story. I was caught in a small rip when I was in Australia last month and it was all kinds of terrifying.

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11:14
iOS: How to Check Your AirPods Firmware Version

Apple updates AirPods firmware automatically. At this time there is no way for iPhone users to do it manually.


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11:10
T-Mobile tops OpenSignal network tests as AT&T...

This morning OpenSignal has published its annual report on the four major U.S. carriers. In 2017, the two largest U.S carriers, AT&T and Verizon, unleashed their unlimited data plans, which means all four major carriers now offer an unlimited data plan in some form. But the major two networks are seeing some challenges.

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11:00
News: Daily Deal: The Complete iOS 11 & Swift...

Today in iLounge Deals, we’re offering

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10:59
Apple’s top leak investigator departs for Facebook,...

Apple’s top investigator Lee Freedman has departed the company for a new role at Facebook. Freedman previously served as the Director of Worldwide Investigations at Apple.

more…

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10:40
iTunes Snafu Made 'Thor: Ragnarok'...

An anonymous reader shares a report: When you check out the 'Thor: Ragnarok' page on iTunes, it says pre-orders of digital copies are expected to arrive on February 20th. But as TorrentFreak reports, some people got their hands on the Marvel film about a month early due to some sort of snafu with iTunes and Movies Anywhere. According to TorrentFreak, a Reddit user said in a now-deleted post that their legal purchase of the film on Vudu landed them an iTunes copy of it the next day. "I pre-ordered Thor Ragnarok on Vudu yesterday and it links it to my iTunes also. But curiously it showed up in my iTunes library this morning (pre-orders shouldn't). And now I can watch the full movie in HD," they wrote. "I obviously downloaded it right away. I know its supposed to come out February 20th." Others then responded that going that same purchase route made the movie available to them in iTunes as well.

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10:34
The iPhone X Doom Report, WeChat’s Mini-app Platform...

Dave Hamilton and Bryan Chaffin join Jeff Gamet to sort out what’s really going on with a report that Apple is discontinuing the iPhone X, plus they look at WeChat’s mini-app platform that runs inside the messaging app.


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10:29
DJI 'Mavic Air' drone leak ahead of launch...




A drone expected to be released by DJI on Tuesday has reportedly leaked ahead of its public unveiling, with alleged images and specifications said to reveal the 'Mavic Air' as a smaller and lighter drone compared to the Mavic Pro, while still offering 4K resolution video and similar functionality to its predecessor.

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10:24
Spotify Limited & Apple Records

It’s hard to argue with the logic. It’s just a matter of time.

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10:23
iTunes mishap allowed some users to snatch ‘Thor:...

The iTunes page for ‘Thor: Ragnarok’ says that the film will be available on 20 February. However, due to a mishap, a small amount of users were able to snatch the film nearly a month early, according to TorrentFreak.

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10:17
Apple teams with Malala Fund to support girls’...

A very worthy cause but why stop at 12 years of education? If finishing high school is important, isn’t a college education just as important?

∞ Read this on The Loop

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10:13
By Odin's beard! Marvel's 'Thor:...




The hit Marvel Studios film "Thor: Ragnarok" isn't scheduled to get a digital release until Feb. 20. But some lucky customers received an early download of the blockbuster, thanks to a glitch in iTunes.

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09:56
Apple makes the AI STOXX Global Artificial...

German stock exchange operator Deutsche Boerse has launched the AI STOXX Global Artificial Intelligence Index, which uses an algorithm to select 200 companies that are early AI innovators. Not surprisingly, Apple is on the list. 

Deutsche Boerse says it’s found a way to identify AI-related patent filings to select the 200 companies that compose the index. The patents are an early indicator of AI innovators and the index, the first of its kind, will help index-tracking funds interested in companies focused on artificial intelligence, the stock exchange operator added.

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09:49
‘Apple Music for Artists’ debuts as a new analytics...

Apple has released a new dashboard specifically for musicians called Apple Music for Artists. The new dashboard has been created to give “deep analytical insight” about fans’ buying and listening habits.

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09:29
HomePod settings interface, volume controls, more...

Leading up to the much-anticipated launch of HomePod, Apple’s first entry into the smart speaker space, many details about the device have continued to trickle out. Today, new images from employees testing the HomePod in France reveal how you’ll manage the speaker’s settings.

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09:25
iPhone 8 outsold iPhone X in Apple's holiday...




Apple's active shipping of eight iPhone models during the holiday season has led to some interesting data, with the fall 2017 releases outselling older models nearly two to one.

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09:24
Gboard for iOS adds built-in GIF creator tool...

Over the weekend, Google’s Gboard for iOS began rolling out a handy tool for creating GIFs right from the keyboard. Based on Motion Stills, users can create animations with a variety of effects, with quick access to them in the future.

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09:21
How ‘Cops’ became the most polarizing reality TV...

It’s a show I’ve never watched much of but its longevity certainly raises some interesting questions.

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09:15
Deals: $600-$1,000 off 15" MacBook Pros; DJI...




Gearing up for the big game? This week, save up to $2,700 on Ultra HD TVs just in time for the Super Bowl. Plus, pair your new set with the Apple TV 4K, which is now $10 off. Apple's Late 2016 15" MacBook Pros are also on sale with prices starting at $1,799, and DJI's Phantom 4 Advanced is $330 off today only. All with free delivery and no tax on orders shipped outside NY and NJ.

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09:05
Build 20 Apps with the Complete iOS 11 and Swift...

We have a deal on the Complete iOS 11 and Swift Developer Course. It features 249 lectures and 34 hours of training content, and you’ll build 20 different apps during the course. You’ll also work with iOS 11, Swift 4, ARKit, MLKit, MusicKit, and the new Depth Photo API. You can get the full course through us for $10.


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09:00
GoPro Fusion: Full review of the new 360° VR action...

I’m a very avid VR photographer who started by taking 360° spherical photos with iPhone apps, then moved to an iPhone-controlled Ricoh Theta S camera a few years ago. The photos and videos I have taken are quite popular; as a Google Street View photographer I have 10.8 million views! But as a photographer I always strive to improve my imagery, and the Theta S had two issues — first, images always seemed to be low resolution and grainy, and second, in bright sunlight there’s always a bright purple-red lens flare. The quest for better 360° photos led me to the new GoPro Fusion (US$699.99).

GoPro Fusion 360° Action Camera. Photo © 2018, Steven Sande

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To start with, let me explain what I mean when I’m talking about 360° VR photography. VR cameras can take photos one of two...

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08:45
News: Apple expands Everyone Can Code program to 70...

After rolling out its Everyone Can Code program to more than 20 international schools last November and Chicago high schools last December, Apple has allowed 70 colleges and universities across Europe to offer the program to students, according to a press release from the company. “Education institutions in the UK, Germany, France, Italy, Spain, the Netherlands, Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Austria, Belgium, the Czech Republic, Ireland, Luxembourg,…

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08:36
Skip the space gray Magic Trackpad 2 with your iMac...

A few weeks ago I purchased a base model iMac Pro in store, so of course it came without a space gray Magic Trackpad 2. In my excitement to get the new machine, I totally forgot about the Magic Trackpad 2, and it didn’t fully dawn on me until later that there was no real way to acquire one from Apple after purchase.

In fact, Apple explicitly states on its website that space gray accessories [including the Magic Trackpad 2] are available only at the time of your iMac Pro purchase. So what’s a person who bought an iMac Pro without a Magic Trackpad 2 supposed to do? Does it mean that you’ll have to go through the annoying process of returning it and buying it again online in order to get one? Apple’s excellent customer support may be able to help… more…

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08:20
CARROT Weather Predicts Cloudy with a Chance of Snark

CARROT Weather’s AI would kill you if it could, but since it can’t, it instead provides accurate and attractive weather forecasts. Josh Centers explains why CARROT Weather has become his favorite weather app.

 

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News: Nokia pulls Pulse Wave Velocity feature from...

Nokia has been forced to disable the Pulse Wave velocity feature that allowed its Body Cardio scale to measure arterial stiffness and high blood pressure, according to an updated FAQ from the company. The scale used the speed at which heartbeat-generated vibrations spread out along arterial walls and the time it takes for blood to flow from the heart to the feet to go well beyond the measurements a normal bathroom scale can make. But In the company’s…

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07:49
Sphero slashes 45 jobs, pivots to educational market...




Sphero, the producer of iPhone-controlled toys and programmable robots, has laid off a number of its staff following reportedly lackluster sales over the holiday period, with the firm intending to realign itself more towards the educational robotics market.

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07:43
Logic Pros Review: Apogee’s next generation...

Apogee has been one of the top names in digital audio in the music production world for years. It successfully jumped into the mobile game with its iOS friendly interfaces among other things a few years back, and recently launched the second generation MiC+ USB/Lightning Microphone. Apogee rarely opts for affordability over quality, but we had to give it a run for its money anyway.

We have now had a chance to go hands-on with the company’s latest portable mic over the last little while. Apogee has certainly stepped its game up here, but is it still worth the world-class price tag? Head below for our full review… more…

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Pixelmator Pro adds new cropping features alongside...

The Pixelmator team has today released an important update to Pixelmator Pro (currently $60), adding new cropping abilities that didn’t quite make the cut for the 1.0 release. Other changes include tweaks to selection and text tools and many more bug fixes. Pixelmator Pro is available exclusively in the Mac App Store.

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07:31
PSA: Amazon Prime Monthly Fee Just Went Up $2 to $12...

If you’re paying for Amazon Prime month-to-month the cost just went up US$2 from $10.99 to $12.99, but the annual $99 rate isn’t changing.


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07:29
CIRP: 2017 models comprised 61% of the year’s iPhone...

The iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus and iPhone X comprised about 61% of iPhone sales in the U.S. according to a new consumer study from CIRP — as noted by 9to5Mac. That sounds good, but it’s lower than the 72% share iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus took in the same quarter in 2017.

From October to December 2017, the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus accounted for about a quarter of sales in the US as reported by CIRP. The 6s and 6s Plus held an 8% share. The SE sold about as much as the 6s series in the same period despite no update.

The CIRP study analyzes product mix within the iPhone range. As noted by 9t5Mac, it doesn’t comment on total iPhones sold in the U.S., which other reports have claimed are on the weaker side.

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07:24
Comment: Nokia scale shows us a third risk of today’...

Buying a gadget can be a risky business these days. We’ve already seen two ways things can go wrong. The first and most obvious is when a company takes your money and then goes bust before it can deliver. Otto locks was just one recent example – crowdfunding sites are littered with others.

A second risk is a company discontinuing support for a gadget that relies on an app or a server. When the app is discontinued, or the server goes offline, you can be left with a useless hunk of metal. A recent example of that was Logitech discontinuing its Harmony Link remotes, informing owners that the products ‘will no longer function’ beyond March 16 of this year. (Consumer and media pressure did at least result in...

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07:24
News: Graphics in iOS beta provide details about...

Apple’s HomePod has been granted FCC approval amid speculation that a release is imminent, and developer Filipe Espósito has uncovered a set of graphics in the latest iOS beta that hints at some of the device’s functionality, AppleInsider reports. The public FCC document leaves out guides and photos — which will be available to the public on July 17, likely well after the speaker is already available to customers. But the embedded…

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07:21
Analyst: iPhone X gives Apple two years’ advantage...

In a note to clients — as noted by AppleInsider — KGI Securities Ming-Chi Kuo says the iPhone X, though not selling as well as expected, has been a "strategic success" for Apple due to long-term competitive advantages such as Face ID and the TrueDepth cameras.

He explains that the 3D sensing capabilities in the high-end smartphone will pave the way for more advanced augmented reality and artificial intelligence applications. Kuo also believes that, though copycats will be in “full effect” in 2018 to implement their own versions of Face ID, Apple's technical advantages give it up two years’ advantage over the competition.

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07:14
How about a curved iMac with a Surround Sound system?

In 2014 Samsung announced the ATIV One 7 Curved (in the first image below), the first curved all-in-one computer. I don’t think the model sold particularly well. However, I’d love to see this idea incorporated into an iMac because I have no doubt that Apple could do a better implementation.

At the time of its release, Samsung had this to say about the curved design of the Samsung ATIV One 7 — which sold for $1,299: It offers a unique entertainment perspective and realistically immersive gaming experience. It draws users in and brings details to life on the Full HD panel, while the 4000R curvature makes the screen feel even larger than its already ample 27-inches.

While I think curved TVs from Samsung and other companies are a gimmick, a curved screen on a desktop computer makes more sense. The upside of such a screen (such as immersion and less glare) are more obvious when you're sitting right up against it instead of looking at it from six feet away on your...

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07:07
iPhone X seen as 'strategic success' for...




Fretting over iPhone X sales data is a fool's errand, analyst Ming-Chi Kuo believes, as he told investors on Monday that the premium-priced handset is a key strategic move for the company, positioning it far ahead of competitors for years to come.

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07:00
∞ Woman runs through landscape of iconic album...

This ad (embedded in the main Loop post) ran last year, but I just encountered it this weekend, thought it worth sharing.

I feel like the days of iconic album covers are all in the past. It’s not that the covers are any less creative, it’s more that I tend to get my music via links or as part of crafted playlists.

At the same time, album art went from 12″ album covers, to less than 5″ for a CD cover, down the the tiny thumbnails we have today.

No matter, enjoy the ad.

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06:55
iOS Beta Shows HomePod Mics can be Disabled

iOS 11.2.5 Developer Beta includes settings for disabling Siri in the streaming home speaker so its built-in microphones won’t eavesdrop on what you say.


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